SUV taken away from show­room at gun­point, re­cov­ered af­ter en­counter

AM­RIT­SAR ROB­BERY 8 bul­lets fired dur­ing the en­counter in Batala; one held, one pis­tol and two mo­biles re­cov­ered from the ac­cused

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

AM­RIT­SAR : It was a day of high drama as a Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cle (SUV), an Innova Crysta, robbed at gun­point from a deal­er­ship in Daburji vil­lage, around 8km from the city, was re­cov­ered two hours later from Batala in Gur­daspur dis­trict, af­ter a po­lice en­counter.

Po­lice have also ar­rested one of the two rob­bers, Jot­bir Singh, 23, of Jan­di­ala Guru. His ac­com­plice Gurse­wak Singh, 24, of Tarn Taran, is ab­scond­ing. A pis­tol and two mo­biles have been re­cov­ered from Jot­bir.

A Batala DSP, Varinder­preet Singh, re­ceived mi­nor in­juries in his arm, while he gave chase to the robbed SUV.

No one re­ceived gun­shot in­juries, though eight bul­lets were fired in the en­counter. It all started about 11am when the two mis­cre­ants snatched the SUV at gun­point out­side the Cas­tle

The staff were un­load­ing SUVS. Two men, who came on foot, put a gun on my head and fled with an SUV. VINOD KU­MAR, de­liv­ery in-charge of the com­pany

Toy­ota show­room. “The staff were un­load­ing SUVS. Two men, on foot, put a gun to my head and fled with one of the SUVS,” said Vinod Ku­mar, the de­liv­ery in-charge of the com­pany.

CRIME CAUGHT ON CCTV

The rob­bery was cap­tured on footage of CCTVS in­stalled out­side the show­room. This proved a big help to the po­lice.

Ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (ADCP, crime) Har­jit Singh, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (ACP, north) Jaspreet Singh and ACP, in­ves­ti­ga­tion Pal­winder Singh vis­ited the crime spot.“an alert was sounded in Am­rit­sar and neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts,” said Am­rit­sar DCP Am­rik Singh Powar.

Batala SP Vipin Choud­hary said, “As soon as we heard of the rob­bery, DSP Varinder­preet led a team that laid a naka at Bode Ki Khui. Soon, they saw the SUV ap­proach­ing the naka from the Am­rit­sar side. The rob­bers re­versed and sped away. A chase en­sued in which the DSP’S po­lice car and the SUV col­lided.”

The chase turned into an en­counter near Bode Ki Khui, about 40km from the show­room . “No one re­ceived any gun­shot in­jury, even as eight bul­lets were fired in to­tal. We nabbed one of the rob­bers, the other es­caped,” said DSP Varinder­preet.

SSP Opin­der­jit Singh said po­lice teams had launched a hunt for the ab­scond­ing ac­cused.

The two ac­cused have been booked un­der sec­tions 392 (rob­bery), 506 (crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion), 307 (at­tempt to mur­der) and 25, 55 and 59 of the Arms Act.

SAMEER SE­H­GAL/HT

Po­lice record­ing the state­ment of an em­ployee of the show­room in Am­rit­sar on Satur­day.

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